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100 Years 100 Reasons

Everyone has a reason to mentor. What’s yours?
Mentor today.

In celebration of Big Brothers Big Sisters national centennial in 2013, we are celebrating 100 Years and 100 Reasons to mentor.

100 Years 100 Reasons is a volunteer recruitment campaign celebrating volunteerism and mentoring. By showcasing our existing volunteers, parents, guardians and staff, we hope to promote the impact of mentoring and encourage volunteerism.

Join the conversation, and submit your reason by clicking here …

100 Years 100 Reasons - #1-20

Reason #1 - "I have a grown up son [and] no grandchildren, so it was my chance to have some fun with a little girl and do 'girl things' (like manicures, drawing, talking)."

- JoAnne, In-School Mentor, 8 years

Reason #2 - "I became a Big Brother because at a young age I did not have a positive male role model in my life. Before I was a teen my Mom re-married to a great man who became my mentor and I wanted to do the same to a child in need."

- Jaime, Volunteer Big Brother, 14 years

Reason #3 - "Having never seen a mentor while growing up, I realized how much joy I could bring someone by giving up just a couple hours a week."

- Timothy, In-School Mentor, 5 months

Reason #4 - "I have been lucky enough to witness matches from a distance, over time - mentoring works!"

- Marianne Noakes, Executive Director, 19 years

Reason #5 - "Knowing that I am leaving behind a positive impact in the world."

-Stella, Summer Buddies Mentor, 2 months  

Reason #6 - "I feel I'm not only giving back but receiving just as much or more through the little girl that I've had the privilege to befriend!"

-Tracy, Volunteer Big Sister, 2.5 years

Reason #7 - "My favorite part of mentoring is witnessing how easy it is to put a smile on a kids face. Every time we meet it is my personal challenge to get a quick smile from him. I have yet to fail."

- Jay, In-School Mentor, 20 years

Reason #8 - "I didn’t have a male figure in my life growing up."

- Mike, Volunteer Big Brother, 16 months

Reason #9 - "It may not be possible for one person to change the world, but you truly can change someones world."

- Brittney, Big Sister Volunteer, 2 months

Reason #10 - "I believe in the adults of tomorrow, and the mission, vision and values of Big Brothers Big Sisters."

- Natalie Michlewicz, Manager of Communications, 1.5 years

Reason #11 - “What I enjoyed most was being able to be an inspiration to others. The biggest thing I wanted to accomplish was to have an impact on the kids in a positive way, one that they would never forget!”

- George, Summer Buddies Mentor, Summer 2013

Reason #12 - "My motivation: I couldn't imagine having grown up without a male influence/mentor in my life."

- Ted, Volunteer Big Brother, 17 years

Reason #13 - "I wanted to be the positive female role model that my sister and mother were for me to a girl in need."

- Dana, Volunteer Big Sister, 4.5 years

Reason #14 -"I continue to volunteer because I can't imagine not being a volunteer. It started as something that I did and has become something that I am."

- Carolyn, Volunteer Big Sister, 8 years

Reason #15 - “I enjoyed watching each of the kids grow and develop over time. Everyone influenced one another, both the mentors to the mentees and vice versa”

- Matthew, Summer Buddies Mentor, Summer 2013

Reason #16 - "My older brother was a huge influence and made a big impact on me growing up. I wanted to do the same for someone else."

- John, Volunteer Big Brother, 2.5 years

Reason #17 - "My little sister is the reason I will continue to volunteer. She has positively changed my life as much as I have changed hers."

- Tayler, Volunteer Big Sister, 8 months

Reason #18 - "Kylie is my favourite part about volunteering. I couldn't have found a sweeter sister."

- Lisa, Volunteer Big Sister, 3 years

Reason #19 - "[My favourite part about volunteering is] the fact that it helps keep me feeling young"

- Winn, Volunteer Big Brother, 8 years

Reason #20 - "Big Brothers Big Sisters programs and services are important because they give kids in our community the chance to achieve their goals and dreams."

- Kiara Fracassi, Development and Event Coordinator, 1.5 years

 Click here to submit your reason ...

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We currently are incurring a long waitlist, and are in need of volunteer mentors.

  • Are you 18 years of age or older?
  • Are you interested in positively benefitting the life of a child?
  • Do you have 2-3 hours a week to dedicate to a rewarding friendship?

Click here to apply to be a mentor today!